This salt mine in Poland with underground lakes, chapels and chandeliers made of salt looks amazing

Amazing

Salt is boring, right? I mean, it’s a kitchen staple that’s pretty basic and downright boring.

But it turns out that salt can be interesting too. At least this salt mine is!
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, near Krakow, Poland, proves that salt can be a masterpiece on its own. Inaugurated in the 13th century, today it is part of the First UNESCO World Heritage List. In fact, the salt mine, which reaches -1072 feet at its deepest point, features underground lakes, 2,000 chambers and chapels. And to make things even better, there are huge salt candlesticks!

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# 1. The history of the Wieliczka salt mines dates back to the Middle Ages. It was called Magnum Salt or Great Salt.

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# 2. It was the largest source of salt in the country in its day and was crucial to the economy of the country. Today, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Poland.

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# 3. When contacted by Aleksandra Sieradzka, from the Wieliczka Salt Mine Marketing and Communications Department, she said that the mine’s 2,000 chambers are carved out of salt.

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# 4. “The hallways and even the floor are made of salt.” There are two chapels of Santa Kinga and San Antonio that are made entirely of salt, including the altars and statues of saints that were carved by the miner sculptors. “Candlesticks also contain crystal salt, the purest type of salt.”

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# 5. Although the salt appears delicate and brittle, it has a hardness similar to that of plaster.

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# 6. “Processing the salt itself is not difficult; however, to professionally carve in salt, it is necessary to have a lot of experience with this material ”, explained Aleksandra. “Each block of salt is different, not only differs in size or hardness, but also in color, which can be used in an interesting way in the act of creation.”

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# 7. The really amazing thing about this salt mine is that if you are lucky you can go to a party or two at the mine.

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# 8. “That’s true, there are a couple of cameras where you can have a party. A large ballroom (Warszawa Chamber) and some smaller ones. The Mine is famous for its New Years concerts that take place during the first weekend of January. “

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# 9. Only 2% of the entire underground structure is accessible to tourists, and the corridors of the salt mines form an actual 498-foot-long labyrinth.

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# 10. There are 9 levels in total and the lowest is 1072 feet underground.

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# 11. But Wieliczka is only the fifth largest salt mine out there.

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# 12. The largest in the world is in Ontario, which is 1800 feet under Lake Huron. Compass Minerals’ Goderich Salt Mine is as deep as the height of the CN Tower in Toronto.

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# 13. The second largest is Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan.

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# 14. The third place is the Prahova Salt Mine in Romania.

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#fifteen. This is truly a magical place.

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#sixteen. It is almost surreal.

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# 17. What wouldn’t you give to take a tour of this salt mine!

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# 18. In love with this place.

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# 19. Wow!

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# 20. Absolutely amazing!

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